Graduate Diploma in Outdoor Education
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 Graduate Diploma in Outdoor Education

 Graduate Studies

Next Available Intake

 July 2019


Application Closing Date

31 March 2019

 

Tuition Fee

For cur​rent tuition fee, click here.

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Programme Overview

Outdoor education is becoming increasingly relevant and important to the development of individuals. In addition, with the implementation of the National Outdoor Adventure Education Masterplan by the Ministry of Education, greater demand for quality outdoor education programmes and expertise is expected. As clients and stakeholders of outdoor education programmes become more discerning and sophisticated, outdoor education practitioners face the challenge of meeting these rising expectations to deliver well-designed, safe and effective programmes. In response to the needs of the industry, the Graduate Diploma in Outdoor Education (GDOED) has been developed in collaboration with Outward Bound Singapore (OBS) and other experts from the field. The GDOED programme aims to equip outdoor educators with the essential knowledge and skills ready to meet these challenges.

This programme provides opportunities for professionals in outdoor education and those with the relevant qualifications to acquire the latest advanced knowledge and skills to be effective leaders in their field. Through the various courses, students are equipped to build sound theoretical bases for their practices, acquire different approaches to designing and implementing outdoor education programmes, manage risks and legal liability, and enhance their proficiencies for planning and leading outdoor education and wilderness expeditions. Understanding research methods and design strengthens students’ ability to read research studies and provides the impetus for conducting their own research.

Unique features of the programme:
  • Designed for individuals with experience in delivering outdoor education.
  • Integrates relevant theoretical foundations with outdoor education practices.
  • Offers flexible entry and exit points to suit different academic and personal needs. Pre-requisite courses are also available for those without the necessary entry requirements.
  • Developed in collaboration with Outward Bound Singapore (OBS) and other expertise from the field.


​​Applicants should be Singapore citizens, permanent residents or residents in Singapore. In addition, you will need to meet these minimum requirements:
  • An undergraduate degree or an equivalent qualification from a recognised institution
  • Good communication skills (written and spoken English)​
  • At least two years of work experience in related field
  • 21 years and above​ 

Programme-specific requirements:
  • Degree holders with sport, physical education or outdoor education or related degree
  • Degree holders without sport, physical or outdoor education or related degree but have an OBS Instructor Certificate and recommendation letter from the Executive Director of OBS
  • Compulsory submission of their health memo and, if necessary, supplementary forms​

Applicants who do not have any of the above-mentioned requirements are to complete the Pre-Requisite in Outdoor Education (PROED) programme (minimum CGPA of 2.0) to prepare them for the GDOED.

Applicants must complete and submit an online application to Singapore University of Social Sciences by the ​specified deadline.

Shortlisted candidates may be required to undergo one or more interviews and/or take such written admission or other evaluation tests as may be prescribed by Singapore University of Social Sciences.

The offer of admission is dependent on the number of places available in individual programmes.

The decision of the Admissions Committee of Singapore University of Social Sciences is final and binding. Singapore University of Social Sciences​ reserves the right to refuse admission and is not obliged to offer an explanation for the non-admission of unsuccessful candidates.
The Graduate Diploma in Outdoor Education (GDOED) provides students with different pathways for admission to the programme, and allows for an alternative exit point through the Graduate Certificate in Outdoor Education. Students who do not have a sport, physical education or outdoor education or related degree are required to complete the four pre-requisite courses to prepare them for the GDOED programme.

To graduate with the Graduate Certificate in Outdoor Education, students must successfully complete the three core courses in Stage 1 with a minimum CGPA of 2.5.

To graduate with the Graduate Diploma in Outdoor Education, students must successfully complete six core courses with a minimum CGPA of 2.5.


​Click here to view the pre-requisite courses. 
Click here to view the programme curriculum.
​Designed for experienced outdoor educators who wish to enhance and acquire advanced knowledge and skills to be effective leaders in the field of outdoor education or to extend their professional development. Pre-requisite courses are also available for individuals who are interested in outdoor education but do not have the necessary background and knowledge.
​Graduates of the GDOED programme are equipped with sound theoretical bases, ability to design and execute outdoor education programmes, while at the same time, manage risk and legal liabilities. These provide pathways for graduates to take on more challenging and critical roles such as leadership positions and conducting research to influence the future developments and advancement of the field. 
​​​​The University offers course fee concession for so​me master's programmes. Please click here​ for more details.​​​
  1. How many intake(s) are there in a year for Graduate Diploma in Outdoor Education (GDOED)?
    One intake a year; every July. 

  2. What is the duration to complete the programme?
    Pre-requisite courses will take 1 semester to complete, followed by the core courses over two semesters.

  3. What is the maximum candidature to complete the GDOED?
    The maximum candidature period is 2 years, excluding the time taken to complete the pre-requisite courses.

  4. How many courses do students take in each semester? 
    Students are recommended to complete 3 courses per semester if they intend to graduate within one year. However, we recognise that not all students aim to graduate within one year. Hence, they may choose to take less number of courses in each semester according to their needs.

  5. When are the lessons scheduled? 
    Most lessons are scheduled on four Saturdays per course from 8.30am to 5.30pm, with an one-hour lunch break. Some lessons may be held on weekday nights from 7pm to 10pm.

  6. If I do not have a sport, physical education, or outdoor education-related degree, when should I submit an admission e-application? 
    Please submit an admission e-application by 30 September in the current year. Students who do not have the related degrees are required to complete the pre-requisite courses which will commence in January of the following year.
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